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5 Under-the-Radar Bucs Impressing at Camp

A few lesser-known players turning heads at training camp.

Some of the best photos from the second week of Training Camp.

1. OT Leonard Wester
For an undrafted rookie from a small school, Wester has held up well against the Buccaneers' veterans through the first two weeks of camp. There's plenty to like about Wester, particularly his size. He's 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, making him one of the biggest players on the Bucs' roster. Despite his massive frame, he has looked quick in pass protection, often flashing during one-on-one drills. Wester has been working with the second-team offensive line at left tackle for most of camp.

2. WR Jonathan Krause
The Bucs claimed Krause off of waivers right before the start of camp, but he hasn't missed a beat despite being in pewter and red for just a few weeks. Krause is explosive like one would expect a smaller receiver to be and really turned heads during last Friday's practice, when he caught two highlight reel touchdown passes during seven-on-seven drills. Krause is one of 11 wide receivers fighting for a roster spot – 12 counting Louis Murphy, who is on PUP.


  1. DE Jacquies Smith**
    Smith earned a role as one of the Bucs' starting defensive ends last season and exploded in the team's first two games, picking up four sacks. He would finish the year with seven sacks after battling injuries for the majority of the season. But Smith enters 2016 flying somewhat under-the-radar, working with the second-team defensive line's base package. He has performed well in one-on-one pass-rushing drills and has picked up a handful of sacks during team drills thus far.

4. WR Russell Shepard
The Buccaneers have taken more than a few deep shots down the field during practice, and if those passes weren't intended for Mike Evans they were usually in the direction of Shepard. In each of the past few offseasons, Shepard has entered training camp battling for a spot in a very deep wide receiver pool. But it seems that he always rises to the occasion. Shepard is a standout special teams player and has continued to get better on the offensive side of the ball each and every day. 

5. CB Josh Robinson
As camp carries on, the conversation has begun to shift from questioning whether Robinson will make the team to discussing which role he will fulfill on the 53-man roster. Robinson has starting experience and has been working with the second-team defense, both of which are signs that he will still be a Buccaneer come September. He's played especially well as of late, intercepting two passes on Tuesday.

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